Commissioners agree: Streets need work

By Maura Wery

City commissioners agreed Tuesday that the declining state of streets is a problem that will need to be dealt with in the next 10 years.

Director of public works Dale Houdeshell told commissioners that a majority of the city’s local, collector and arterial streets are below recommended standards. That study did not break down the extent of problems by type of street, nor did it factor in the condition of arterials such as Fort Riley Boulevard, Tuttle Creek Boulevard and Seth Child Road that are also state or federal highways. But a map provided by Houdeshell appeared to suggest that the smaller, local streets tended to be the worst.

He told commissioners that “significantly more maintenance funds will be needed to reverse the downward trend,” in the condition of streets, and added that the commission will need to help build up around $44 million to fix all the streets that are degraded.

“This is one of our key challenges going forward,” Matta said. “If someone comes with a great project, we have to say this needs to get done.”

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